9 Questions To Consider When Migrating To The Cloud

by Feb 27, 2019

what is cloud computing?

Today when someone mentions the Cloud as a conversation starter, it usually means something other than the weather.  That someone has been reading about an IT solution and is talking about a hurricane force that is taking over the IT world.  The IT network answer for many businesses today is the Cloud, where the weight of researching, acquiring, installing, maintaining, tracking and retiring hardware assets is lifted from managers shoulders. 

Before joining this technologically advanced group, it’s a best practice to prepare for the whirlwind by knowing the terms and definitions inside THE CLOUD.

The Cloud can cut budgets, free up time, and make an IT manager’s life easier by letting them concentrate on other IT operations.  Cloud computing can also streamline personal computing tasks.  Many Cloud definitions essential to maneuvering on the web information highway.

How Does It Work?

One idea to better understand Cloud Computing is that it is a service delivered through a network and internet provider through a vendor much like a utility company delivers electricity or water to a home. The vendor is like a cable company that offers different channels, and you choose which package and channel you prefer. A Cloud company offers services like DaaS (Desktop as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).  These services are like choosing movie channels from a dish or cable provider.  What you get depends on your needs and your budget.

Cloud service companies offer many options.  A Cloud company can deliver a basic package with a small number of HVDs (Hosted Virtual Desktops) to a large number for companies with many employees.

Along with desktops, a Cloud service customer can increase the amount of storage space and other features to fit requirements.  The Cloud, nevertheless, delivers the same infrastructure and security protocols for data protection and access.  

The difference in these Cloud services can be likened to a cable company offering a Gold, Silver or Basic service channel package through the company’s cable wiring and infrastructure.  A television is like a computer or workstation.  A Hosted Virtual Desktop is the movie channel you use when you need it and turn it off when you don’t need it. The subscription is there 24 hours, 7 days a week for someone to access.

A Cloud vendor’s option of Infrastructure as a Service provides Hosted Virtual Machines or HVMs, providing the Operating System and software on servers housed in environmentally controlled and secure buildings that could be several states away.  In addition to those services, the Infrastructure as a Service offers data storage, back up data storage and data security and assurance.

Cloud Related Definitions

Virtual Machine (VM)  or Hosted Virtual Machine (HVM)—A virtual machine is a software computer that runs an operating system or application environment.  It shows the user a desktop environment just as your personal or business computer would appear after you boot up.  The end user has the same experience on a HVM as they would on their own laptop, desktop PC, tablet or Smart Phone.  They can run applications from the start menu, launch software from desktop icons and retrieve files from a data drive.

Host Machine – A host machine is a piece of physical hardware, that could be a laptop or tablet that runs the machine language from the Cloud and creates a Hosted Virtual Machine environment.

PaaS (Platform as a Service)- Customers can rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the internet.

HPC (High Performance Computing)—Large businesses and government organizations employ many people and each person requires a workstation to complete their work.  This massive number of computer hardware requires a significant number of servers, high speed interconnect devices and large volumes of storage. HPC, in the past, was limited to government organizations and large companies.  Government departments and Fortune 500 business have funding and to purchase the necessary network hardware, maintain it and replace it with the newest technology at the end of the life cycle.

How Can This Work For Me?

Replacing network hardware, cabling, servers, high end routers and switches takes money and manpower. Updating operating system software, applications software and maintaining patches and updates also requires funding, planning and manpower. Cloud computing eases the financial and planning burden of smaller companies so that their profit margins can be used elsewhere in their business model.

Cloud computing services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Desktops as a Service (DaaS) and (Platform as a Service (PaaS) have provided smaller organizations the opportunity to employ HPC.

 

The process for deciding what kind of Cloud service you need is simple but requires some thought.  The good news is that Cloud services are not monuments.  They can be changed and modified if you grow, downsize or miscalculate your requirements.  That’s why the Cloud is business friendly.

 

Questions to consider

  1. What does my business model look like – what are my business needs?
  2. What does my IT infrastructure look like now?
  3. How are my funds and manpower used for IT?
  4. What is my financial plan and how can I better use my IT Funding? How much funding do I have for a Cloud service?
  5. What do I need from the Cloud based on what my business is? Do you offer products or services? If you develop software or need photo or editing software, you may need more computing power. 
  6. How much will my business grow?
  7. How much data storage do I need now and in the future?
  8. How much additional security do I need?
  9. How much IT support is required for sustaining business needs?

Once a business has considered these questions, then it is time to meet with a Cloud services professional and fine tune and develop a Cloud services plan.  CTRL Cloud is a company that can work with your business needs and be there as a business grows.  Contact the experts at CtrlCloud to discuss the options.

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Rick Bretz

Rick Bretz

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Rick Bretz  possesses comprehensive experience in several subjects including video editing and production, radio/TV and journalism writing, videography, radio broadcasting, IT Management, Information Security and Assurance.  He also works as a Senior Cyber Security Engineer for Vulnerability Management, Service/Infrastructure Operations and Platforms Support for the government. Mr. Bretz also is a documentation and technical writer for the Veteran Administration’s Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program.  He also served in the US Army beginning in 1979, graduating from leadership schools and from Journalism, Broadcasting, Newspaper Editing and Public Affairs Supervisor courses.  He retired from the Army with many writing and broadcasting awards to accept video production and management positions.  He holds a BS degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Security Assurance from Capella University and has a Security + Certification from CompTIA.  Mr. Bretz also writes his own blog on topics that interest him that can be reached at  pastparallelpaths.com.

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